CODES brings head nodding rhythms, crowd-pleasing turntablism, and raw energy which keeps him busy pushing club music boundaries in and out of the studio.
Join us behind the scenes with Codes with a brief Q and A!
Tell us something that you’re doing and are excited about…
“At the moment, I’m constantly on the road doing my thing with all these big guys I look up to.”
“I also am putting records out with every label I ever wanted to!”
“Pretty grateful for just about everything right now.”
What artists influence you/do you look up to?
“I have always looked up to Jimi Hendrix. He was first known in the rhythm and blues scene for playing with huge artists like Little Richard and Isley Bros. He always was a beast, but never really blew up until yeeears later when he flipped his style a bit. He pushed his guitar and songwriting to the limits then wrote all the groundbreaking records that brought him fame. Also, he took his already out of control guitar playing to the next level with all the wild shit he would do onstage. He was looked past by most for a crazy long time before eventually being recognized as one of the most prolific artists of the century. RIP.”
“If that’s not a testament to ‘never stop pushing yourself or never giving up’, then I don’t know what else is.”
What is your proudest moment so far?
“Damn, I am very grateful to say I have a lot! But after a long amazing week full of shows in Miami, the last day there I got an email saying…
‘We would like to sign your track “Birds & The Bees” to DIRTYBIRD!'”
“They (DIRTYBIRD) had been a favorite label of mine for years, as well as a goal I have had written on my whiteboard in my room for quite a while now. Right after I signed the contract, I was able to cross that off my board :D”
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you while DJing?
“A super long time ago I noticed a pipe above the DJ booth and for some reason decided I would try to swing my legs over it to hang upside down. This is how I was going to do my next transition. Upside down hanging from a pipe lol.”
“Long story short – that pipe was connected to the bathroom upstairs, and it did not hold me! I guess I fell, but I don’t think it was too bad and I didn’t break any equipment. [HOWEVER!], after my set, [I] thought I was all good, but I went upstairs and found there was a good foot of water everywhere!”
“AHHhh! Sorry Drew! Lol”
If you had the opportunity to do something else, what would it be?
“I would like to teach again when I’m older, but if I could completely change my life – I would move somewhere I could have a huge home to foster dogs or any animals.”
“On Instagram I follow the New York Bully Crew, who rescue Pit Bulls all over. I would do something like that.”
Chipotle or Qdoba?
“NEITHER! – I’m a professional guacamole specialist!”
How’s life on the road?
Any cool stories worth sharing?
“New ones every weekend, but last weekend I got to play a sick sold out boat party (GLC’s DEEP DOWN UNDER!) with some beautiful people on the river of Chicago. We had to duck under bridges and there were fireworks in my set!”
Did you have any mentors?
“I’ve been lucky enough to have a few.”
“…My Dad, Craze, Kill The Noise and Dan Strong.”
“From music to work ethic, my Dad has been a mentor to me my whole life.”
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